By working with youth, families, schools, businesses, and local government, we are empowering people to stop the future misuse and illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

To access any of these services or get answers to questions, please contact the team.

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Our expert team is ready to offer free guidance on creating a policy that works for your entity and community. We can also help you update your current alcohol, tobacco, or drug policy or provide you with a sample policy to adapt.
Examples:
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Social Host Ordinance

  • Alcohol

    Preventing underage drinking and promoting responsible alcohol use is a communal goal. An effective policy and set best practices are effective ways to reach this goal.

  • Example: Alcohol Use in Public Parks

  • I Alert is a tool that can also point you in the right direction. This tool is designed to help on-premises retail licensees (e.g. bars, restaurants, sporting venues, etc.) and off-premise retail licensees (e.g. convenience stores, grocery stores, liquor stores, etc.) develop a guide for their business to stay compliant with the Iowa liquor laws. It also assists in creating a uniform policy and best practices for employees regarding the responsible sale of alcoholic beverages.

    Tobacco

    Vaping products are becoming more and more common in Northeast Iowa. The Smokefree Air Act currently does not include dangerous e-cigarettes. This means your employees and customers can legally use these vaping products in your establishment unless you have a policy.

    Protect your business and the health of your employees and customers by creating a tobacco-free workplace policy that includes all types of tobacco.

  • Example: Tobacco-Free Parks and Trails
  • We want to work with everyone to end all tobacco use and prevent others from ever starting. To do this, we can provide you with these tools for free:

    "No Smoking" Window Clings | Clearly post at your business or event in entrances to areas where smoking is prohibited.

    Quit Kits | Quitting tobacco use is tough, especially without the support of others. It takes an average of eleven quit attempts before success. So whether this is your tenth or your first attempt to quit, these kits can help you overcome your addiction. These kits include:
  • Important tobacco facts
  • Guides to quitting for chew or smoke tobacco
  • Connection to free phone counseling
  • Access to free nicotine replacement therapy resources like gum or patches through Quitline
  • Alcohol Diversion is for youth, under age 18, who have received a first time minor in possession charge, or who have been referred by school authorities for an alcohol-related incident.

    This program is meant to be a diversion from the court system and, with successful participation, youth can have the offense removed from their juvenile record. Parent or guardian attendance is required.

    Currently, the program is offered in Dubuque and Delaware Counties.
    >Find an upcoming class.

    One of the most serious threats to our youth may be lurking in your medicine cabinet. Prescription drug abuse has quickly become a major focus of concern. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's research shows that, “Every day 2,500 youth age 12 to 17 abuse a pain reliever for the very first time. More teens abuse prescription drugs than any illicit drug except marijuana.”


    In order to help stop this increasing trend, we often partner with local law enforcement and community coalitions to host drug drop offs and promote local takeaway programs. Check out the events calendar for upcoming drop-offs , or contact our team to be alerted when one is scheduled, or find your local takeaway program.


    How to Dispose of Medication

    Permanent Drug Drop-Off Containers and Tack Back Events are free, easy, and convenient ways to clean out your medicine cabinet. All you have to do is keep your medications in their original containers, and take them to your nearest drop site.

    For your safety and your privacy:
  • Keep all substances in their original containers, if possible.
  • All liquid containers must be sealed in leak proof clear plastic bags.
  • Mark out any identifying information on prescription bottles.
  • Unidentified medications will be accepted - NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

    We will accept:
  • Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications including vitamins, supplements, and herbals
  • Needles, sharps, and syringes, with needles in puncture proof container
  • Aerosols or pressurized containers

    We cannot accept:
  • Illicit or illegal drugs
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Before, during, and after school programs are offered throughout our service area. Each program is designed to equip students of specific ages to prevent or end abuse or use of a variety of substances.
    >See all available Prevention School Programs.

    Nearly each county we serve in has an independent county-run volunteer coalition. Our staff serve as members of these groups, and help organize and implement local initiatives to prevent substance abuse.


    • I learned things about my children that I never knew—and I consider myself a well-informed, very involved parent. Their being able to discuss some of these issues and then spend time with us immediately following was very beneficial. Thank you.

      Strengthening Families Class Participant, Dubuque County

    • When I asked my son what things he does to fit in and is drinking, using tobacco, trying other drugs one of them, he said, ‘No. I just be myself.'

      Parent of Mentee

    Download Resources

    Alcohol Management for Fairs and Festivals
    Alcohol license holders carry the primary legal responsibility for compliance with alcohol laws. This booklet provides festival planning groups with information to develop alcohol policies that can be implemented to increase profits, while decreasing problems at their event.
    >Download Alcohol Management for Fairs and Festivals Booklet

    Responsible Drinking Guidelines Card
    This wallet-sized card identifies ways different groups can help prevent alcohol overconsumption. It also defines how many drinks per sitting people can consume responsibly.
    >Download Responsible Drinking Guidelines Card

    Off to College: Now What?
    A parent’s guide to keeping the communication open about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
    >Download the Off to College Parent's Guide
    Quitline Materials
    Quitline Iowa helps people create an easy-to-follow quitting plan to help them get ready, take action, and live the rest of their life tobacco free.
    >Review and download Quitline Flyers, Tear-Offs, and Other Materials

    Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Card
    This card suggests three strategies to end tobacco's preying on the health of a community. It also provides details on how to get free cessation tools.
    >Download the Tobacco and Cessation Card
    Stop OTC and Prescription Drug Abuse Booklet
    Created originally as a training booklet for retailers, these pages help people identify the dangers, side effects, and types of drugs commonly abused. Suggestions are made for ways to retailers can prevent this abuse.
    >Download the OTC and Prescription Drug Booklet

    Guidelines to Properly Disposing Medications
    Contrary to public believe, flushing your old medications is not the right way to get rid of them. This simple brochure explains two safe alternatives to treating your unwanted drugs like a dead goldfish.
    >Download the Guidelines

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